I hope so. Yet I'm not all that optimistic but very hopeful. In the Washington state senate, Democrats lead the Republicans by 27-22, and in the House by 56-42. Nevertheless, there are a couple of conservative Democrats in the Senate who often side with the Republicans, thus negating Democratic gains. Moreover, two Republicans in the House have said that the legislature has more important things to do and that the issue should be determined by the voters. In 2009 the public voted to maintain the current law mandating marriage only between persons of the opposite sex.
As expected, the r.c. church reared its ugly head, and a spokesman for the archdiocese of Seattle said the church will be looking to the legislature to uphold the current legal definition of marriage as between a man and a woman only. "The position of the r.c. church is clear," he said. If it comes to a vote of the people, you can be sure that the r.c. church and the evangelicals/fundamentalists will be out in full force to lobby against gay marriages. The momons are not much of a force in my state, although they can do harm.
We have some people with J.D. in RJ. What does the law say about losing its tax-exempt status if a church becomes involved in politics? Or is it a part of the tax code? Surely the r.c. church, the mormon church, and the evangelical/fundamentalist churches are meddling in politics when they try to prevent same sex marriages, and they should lost their tax-exempt status.